Volleyball Tips For Digging A Ball One to 3 Steps From You in Defense

These 3 volleyball tips for digging a ball describe how to dig a ball without taking a step, taking one step and taking three steps away from your base in defense. 

Volleyball Tips For Digging A digger sinks their hips below the level of the oncoming ball hit at them so they can position their angled platform directly underneath the ball (CE Andersen)Volleyball Tips For Digging A digger sinks their hips below the level of the oncoming ball hit at them so they can position their angled platform directly underneath the ball (CE Andersen)


In advanced volleyball defense training coaches spend many hours on practice drills teaching things like...


Volleyball Tips For Digging A Ball 
How to dig a volleyball that's been hit at your feet?


This requires a digger to quickly sink their hips below the level of the ball once the ball has been hit at them so they can position their angled platform directly underneath the path of the oncoming ball and control the ball up into the air.



Volleyball Tips For Digging A Ball 
How do you dig a volleyball that's about to land two or three feet away from you?


This requires a digger to take one or two steps to get closer to the ball before digging it.

Usually players will use a sprawl or extension technique so if they need to hit the ground afterwards because they are off balance after digging the ball, then they can do so and quickly get back up unhurt and continue playing. 


Volleyball Tips For Digging A Ball 
How do you dig and control a volleyball that you have to run and chase down?


This will require a back court digger to learn a barrel roll or dive technique which does not help them actually dig the ball it helps them protect their body and finish landing on the ground in a safe and protected manner AFTER they've run to dig a ball to keep it off the floor. 

I believe you can cover a very large part of the court in three large fast steps.

With each step you lower yourself closer to the ground until on your third step you extend your full body outstretching your arm with the closed fist that's placed under the ball before it hits the ground. 

You flick your wrist up so the ball comes up 5-6 inches, high enough for someone close to you get it up higher.




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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


An all out, "I'm never going to let this ball hit our court floor" attitude that inspires players to go all out to recover balls in defense no matter where they've been hit on the court. 


Defense is an attitude!
Watch Japan dig after dig, amazing volleyball defense! 



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Follow me on Instagram @coach_apchap to improve your game even faster!

I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


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  1. Let's learn more about defense,  digging and how to defend your court by exploring the Related Links below. 
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